Reel Report

Cut carp to catch a catfish (say that fast three times)

Posted 10/23/19

This fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg and Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

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Cut carp to catch a catfish (say that fast three times)

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Catch of the Week

This fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg and Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Tuesday (October 22)

If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at funfishingnm@gmail.com. We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, date and location; type of fish, length and weight, if possible; and bait, lure or fly used.

If you are an angler in Taos or Colfax counties, you can also send your favorite high res fishing photo of the week to sports@taosnews.com.

Fenton Lake: Santiago Ramirez, age 17, of Los Lunas caught a 20-inch rainbow trout using a Thomas Cyclone spoon Oct. 20. Edward Vigil of Santa Fe caught a 19-inch rainbow trout using corn Oct. 16.

Gila River: Matthew Kennedy of Silver City caught and released a 13-pound, 4-ounce flathead catfish using cut carp Oct. 19.

San Juan River: Luke Tanner of Farmington caught a 23-inch rainbow trout below the dam using a brown Yong Special fly Oct. 18.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Micheal Reyes, age 11, of Albuquerque caught a 26-inch, 6.5-pound rainbow trout using garlic PowerBait Oct. 19.

Young Pond: Domenico Haning of Las Cruces caught a 22-inch, 5-pound channel catfish using string cheese as bait Oct. 18.

The following reports came in late, but are definitely worth mentioning:

Bluewater Lake: Ann Chavez of Grants caught a 35-inch tiger muskie using a short crankbait Oct. 11.

Eagle Nest Lake: Celia Ea of Albuquerque caught a 21.5-inch rainbow trout using worms Oct. 12.

Fenton Lake: Debbie Duran of Río Rancho caught a 19.5-inch rainbow trout using a night crawler with a bobber Oct. 12.

Grindstone Reservoir: Maria Vasquez of Las Cruces caught a 17-inch rainbow trout using yellow PowerBait Oct. 12.

Laguna del Campo: Gloria Guerin, age 10, of Albuquerque caught a 21-inch rainbow trout using night crawlers Oct. 13.

Río Grande: Ken Resnick of Santa Fe caught and released a 21-inch rainbow trout and a 16-inch brown trout near Pilar using a fly rod and nymphs Oct. 13.

Río Grande: Adam Walker of Alamogordo caught a 16-inch brown trout using a size 18 Firehead Hare's Ear north of Santa Fe Oct. 14.

Statewide Waters

Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Only waters reporting fishing activity are listed.

Updated: Tuesday (Oct. 22)

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Due to low water levels, anglers are advised to use four-wheel drive vehicles to launch boats and watch for obstructions on the water.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec Monday morning was 267 cubic feet per second. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for bass was fair to good using night crawlers.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was fair using swimbaits, Rapalas and spinnerbaits.

Brazos River: Fishing for trout was good using pheasant-tail nymph flies, Panther Martin spinners and salmon eggs.

Canjilon Lakes: Fishing for trout was fair to good using flies and PowerBait.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 554 cfs and 602 cfs respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good using leech pattern flies, tungsten beadhead green scud flies, peacock nymph flies, salmon eggs, Panther Martin spinners, night crawlers and PowerBait. We had no reports from anglers fishing below Abiquiú Lake.

Fenton Lake: Fishing for trout was good using spoons, night crawlers and garlic-flavored PowerBait.

Jémez Waters: Streamflow on the Jémez River near the town of Jémez Monday morning was 12.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using salmon eggs, nymph flies and wax worms.

Laguna del Campo: Fishing for trout was fair to good using night crawlers and PowerBait.

Manzano Lake: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait.

Navajo Lake: Fishing for kokanee salmon using snagging hooks was good around the dam. Kokanee salmon snagging season is open now through Dec. 31.

San Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 506 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality water was good using nymphs, dry flies, streamers, red and cream larva fly patterns, mono midge pupa patterns and crystal flash midge emergers. On the lower river into the bait waters fishing for trout was good using baetis nymphs, Parachute Adams, blue winged olives, worms and spinners.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing for trout was good using spinners, PowerBait, salmon eggs, leech pattern flies and salmon eggs.

Tingley Beach: Fishing was slow for all species.

Trout Lakes: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait.

Northeast

Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was 35.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using caddis nymph flies and golden hare's ear flies.

Clayton Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using PowerBait and night crawlers. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using chicken liver. The boat ramp is closed due to low water levels.

Costilla Creek: Streamflow near Costilla Monday was 5.91 cfs.

Coyote Creek: Fishing for trout was fair using nymph flies.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait and Panther Martin spinners. Fishing for pike was good using Rapala lures and spoons.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing for trout was good using flies, PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.

Fawn Lakes: The last report was that high runoff water has created poor fishing conditions.

Gallinas River: Fishing for trout was good using Panther Martin spinners.

Hopewell Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using Pistol Pete spinners and PowerBait.

Lake Maloya: Fishing for trout was good using silver spinners and PowerBait.

Los Pinos River: Fishing for trout was good using terrestrial fly patterns with a small beadhead nymph dropper fly.

Monastery Lake: Fishing for trout was good using Griffith's Gnat dry flies.

Morphy Lake: The lake is closed for a renovation project on the dam and no firm opening date has been set.

Pecos River: Streamflow near the town of Pecos Monday morning was 26.6 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using legged nymph flies, woolly buggers, salmon eggs, PowerBait and Panther Martin spinners.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 41.2 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, nymph flies, blue winged olives, Copper Johns and pheasant tails.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 387 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using Panther Martin spinners, streamers, crane fly larva, blue winged olives and pheasant-tail nymph flies. Fishing for catfish near Albuquerque was slow to fair.

Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was 12.2 cfs.

Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 4.39 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using beadhead nymph flies, worms and salmon eggs.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco Monday morning was 8.12 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using a variety of caddis dry flies, salmon eggs and blue winged olives.

Ute Lake: Fishing for white bass was fair using jigging slabs and blade baits in 25 to 35 feet of water. Fishing for walleye was fair to good vertical jigging in 30 to 35 feet of water. Fishing for catfish was fair. We had no reports on other species. The main lake was slightly stained and the water temperature was in the lower 60s.

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